VIDEO: Jeremy Corbyn's Labour battle bus rolls into Rotherham

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowds at The Hub, in CanklowJeremy Corbyn addresses the crowds at The Hub, in Canklow
Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowds at The Hub, in Canklow
SARAH Champion likened Jeremy Corbyn to Marmite as she welcomed him to the Rotherham patch she is battling to be re-elected for.

Speaking at a rally in Canklow last night, the Labour parliamentary candidate for the Rotherham seat, said: “Jeremy is like Marmite — he’s not what you traditionally think of as a leader.

“He does not do the Alpha male, shouting, aggressive thing.

“What he is is thoughtful, principled, moral and genuinely trying to do what’s best for everybody in this country.

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“He has vision – I think if people listen to what he and Labour are saying rather than doing a beauty pageant then I think he might (win).”


Ms Champion welcomed Mr Corbyn as he climbed off Labour’s red double decker battle bus at The Hub in Canklow.

She said her re-election campaign was going well and she was covering up to ten miles-a-day door knocking in her bright green trainers.

“On every street, we are meeting someone who I have done casework for, so that’s rewarding,” she said.

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“In four-and-a-half years I’ve now helped 10,000 people in this town — I love this town and I love being able to support the people of it.”

Mr Corbyn, who had visited York, Leeds, Garforth earlier in the day, told supporters that he would launch a public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave if Labour wins the general election.

The NHS and education were also high on the Labour Party leader’s agenda as he spoke in the sunshine at a rally which saw him presented with a Rotherham United scarf.

Mr Corbyn said the area had been “through hell and high water” with the miners’ strike, turmoil in the steel industry and a lack of investment from central Government.

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He said communities had been “left behind” by the Conservatives.

Mr Corbyn told the crowd Prime Minister Theresa May would not order an Orgreave inquiry but he would “on day one” of a Labour government, adding: “We will get to the truth and justice about that.”

The Labour leader also promoted his party’s plans for schools, saying he wanted an education “for everybody and not for the few” and railed against Tory plans to “spend millions of pounds on grammar schools for selective education”.

Labour pledges outlined included reopening SureStart centres, improving pre-school facilities, providing free lunches for every primary school child and reintroducing the Education Maintenance Allowance for young people from low income families.

He said he welcomed the recent takeover of Tata Steel but was still concerned about Chinese steel dumping and the need for investment in research and development into the steel industry.